MPA

Frances Edwards

Frances Edwards
Professor, MPA Director


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Government is a rapidly growing enterprise in the United States. The effective achievement of the goals of this enterprise requires the recruitment and retention of the most able men and women in government service.

Those entering the public service for the foreseeable future will be called upon to deal with such problems as a shrinking tax base, a decaying infrastructure, environmental hazards and a public that demands more and more services and services that are provided efficiently and effectively. Such an environment leaves little margin for error. Thus, public administrators must be highly competent and possess analytic skills, managerial acumen, ethical sensitivity and organizational sense.

The San Jose State University Public Administration Program offers students an opportunity to learn and practice skills necessary to meet the challenges of government.

The MPA Program stresses:

  • The special environment and problems of administration in local government.
  • Government's place in the social and economic systems.
  • The human side of administration, including theories of motivation and leadership.
  • Techniques and strategies for program analysis, planning, evaluation and implementation.
  • The nuts and bolts of budgeting, public personnel management, emergency management and labor management relations.

Emphasis is given to the practical application of administrative theories and skills. The courses require students to master written and oral communication, interpersonal relations, computer applications, and the art of problem solving.

MPA Program Learning Outcomes

MPA Program Student Outcomes - 2013

Degree Completion Rate

 

Initially Enrolled

Graduated at 100% (3 years-2010)

Graduated at 150% (4 years- 2011)

Graduated at 200% (5 years - 2012)*

Number of Part-Time Students in the Fall 2007 Cohort

25

8

9

9

Number of Full-Time Students in the Fall 2007 Cohort

0

 

 

 

Total in the Fall 2007 Cohort

25

8

9

9

Note: Students have until their 7th year to complete the degree program.

MPA Alumni Survey (2008-2013 Graduates) - Summer 2013

Sector

Number

Percent

Government total

38

56.7

         Local

34

50.7

         State

1

1.5

         Federal

3

4.5

Non-profit

12

17.9

         Local

10

14.9

         National

2

3

Education

3

4.5

         K-12

1

1.5

         Higher Education

2

3

Private Sector

6

9.0

Other

5

7.5

Unemployed*

3

4.5

Total

67

100

*Includes 2 “stay at home moms”

 

 

 

NASPAA has partnered with APPAM and ASPA in creating a new public sector career site. Please visit the following website to view several job postings dedicated to the public sector careers.


San Jose State University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The Public Administration Program is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.